2019 Swim Drink Fish Toronto Gala RELEASE

A Big Night for the Swim Drink Fish Movement: Musicians, Artists, and Philanthropists Gather to Support Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable Water.

Canadian artists and philanthropists contribute to another outstanding Swim Drink Fish Gala.

Artworks by James Lahey, Barbara Cole and Edward Burtynsky were highlights in the live auction.

May 3rd, 2019— Toronto, Ontario — Swim Drink Fish Gala
Over 380 people gathered at Hotel X Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario for the eighth annual Swim Drink Fish Gala presented by Breakwater Investments and the McKeil Family Foundation. More than $585,000 was raised at the event, bringing the event’s fundraising tally to $3.985-million over the past eight years.

Highlights from the gala included:

  • Performances by Sarah Harmer and Matthew Good.

  • The 12-piece live art auction with Canada’s foremost fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger of Waddington’s.

  • Swim Drink Fish board members Jennifer Baichwal and Kevin Lowe appointing new ambassadors: Barbara Cole, David Kitching, James Lahey, Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee, and Pam and William Tozer.

All gala proceeds support Swim Drink Fish’s movement of people working for a future where everyone in Canada can experience swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.

Swim Drink Fish Canada’s initiatives (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Fraser Riverkeeper, North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, Great Lakes Challenge, Swim Guide, Watermark Project, and Great Lakes Guide) create tools using law, science, and communications technology that inspire people around the world to explore, understand, and protect their waters.


“The Swim Drink Fish movement is a global community, with support and work coming from around the world. Tonight, on the shores of Lake Ontario, that community shared an intimate evening in support of a cause important to all of us. A swimmable, drinkable, fishable future for all .”— Mark Mattson, Waterkeeper and President

Gala Sponsors
Presenting: Breakwater Investments and McKeil Family Foundation
Founding Supporter: RBC
Gold: McKeil Marine, Fox Harb’r, Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association, Hodero Holdings Inc. and RYU
Silver: Cement Association of Canada, Gordon and Lorraine Gibson Family Foundation, Miller Thomson LLP, TorQuest Beyond Capital, PortsToronto, Philippe Savoy & Birgit Kibbel and Francisca and Michael Quinn
Bronze: Bullfrog Power, Lassonde, Sterling Fuels, Deloitte, Savoy Pitfield Foundation, HUB, Westcourt Capital Corporation, Heddle Shipyards and Burnbrae Farms

Social Media Summary

On May 2nd, 2019, Canadian artists, athletes, philanthropists and leaders gathered at Hotel X Toronto for the 8th Annual Swim Drink Fish Gala. Musical acts Matthew Good and Sarah Harmer performed. Jennifer Baichwal and Kevin Lowe introduced the 2019 Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors. Fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger ended the night in exciting fashion by auctioning off pieces from such artists as James Lahey, Edward Burtynsky, Barbara Cole, Steven Driscoll and Alex McLeod. This year’s Swim Drink Fish Gala brings the total funds raised for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water to $3.985 -million in the last 8 years. More info at www.swimdrinkfish.ca

Shareable Photos
Swim Drink Fish Gala Gallery Link

Swim Drink Fish: www.swimdrinkfish.ca
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper: www.waterkeeper.ca
Swim Guide: www.theswimguide.org
Watermark Project: www.watermarkproject.ca

About Swim Drink Fish
Swim Drink Fish is a Canadian charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future since its launch in 2001. By blending science, law, education, and storytelling with technology, we empower millions of people to know and safeguard their waters.

Matt Brown